In addition to the architecture of the buildings, The Getty takes great pride in its gardens. Take a look at some of the photos:
All in all, the Getty is a great place to spend the day. If you go to LA, veer a little off the Disneyland and Venice Beach route and pay a visit to the Getty. You won’t be disappointed!
Of course, the best part of the Getty Museum is the architecture. Here is a series of photos of the buildings.
Next-the flowers from the grounds of the Getty Museum
The main outside restaurant-great view of the valley
Another option is near the entrance where there is another , but smaller outdoor bistro.
An outside Bistro at the Getty Museum
Also, if you can downstairs from there, there is a gourmet cafeteria style walk up order area that serves an abundance of different kinds of food. If it is a hot day, being inside will be very relaxing.
Great food in the cafeteria of the Getty Museum
Next-more photos of the grounds and the architecture
At the top of the hill when you get off the tram, you are greeted by very well dressed, well mannered museum volunteers who are eager to pass out free maps and answer any questions you may have. The first thing you notice is the stunning architecture of the entrance as seen here:
Entrance to the Getty Museum
A couple of things you will want to do first:
Go into the main lobby and get your plan together on whether or not you want to try to see everything yourself or want to take advantage of some of the free guided tours. Another neat option is to dial in on your cellphone and use it as a personal recorded guided tour.
Main Lobby to the entrance of the Getty Museum
Courtyard after going through the entrance of the Getty Museum
Next-more photos of the grounds of the Getty Museum
Los Angeles-The Getty Center
Recently, my wife Carol and I, had the opportunity to visit Los Angeles. One of the places I have always wanted to see was the Getty Center. I had seen many photos of the property that had stunning views of the LA area.
I have visited many museums and have seen many amazing works of art. While there are certainly many interesting exhibits in the Getty Center; I thought it would best serve the interest of the reader to devote this blog to photos of the architecture of the museum and the grounds. If all you did was just spend a couple of hours strolling the grounds, that in itself would almost be enough.
The Getty opened to the public in 1997. The architect, Richard Meier was chosen to design the Getty Center.
The Getty sits high on a hill overlooking the 405 freeway on the north side of Santa Monica. Admission is free (unusual). Parking is $15, free after 5 p.m. I asked the question about free admission and the response was that Getty wanted everyone to be able to enjoy the museum irrespective of the ability to pay an admission fee.
The parking is at the bottom of the hill with the entrance on the west side of the 405. A modern tram takes you up to the museum. Check out the photo here:
I am going to do a series of 5 posts so stay tuned for some very interesting photos of the architecture of the Getty Center in Los Angeles.